Beauty Rules That Are OK To Break

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Beauty Rules That Are OK To Break
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Whoever said you can't rock lipstick without a lip liner was probably the type of kid who couldn't color in between the lines. These days, lipsticks can hang all on their own, without any help--check out Elizabeth Olsen's liner-free lips for proof. Just make sure you have the proper tools, to prevent your color from running. "Invest in a quality lip brush that glides color on and keeps its shape," says Stila Pro Artist Sarah Lucero. "Use it like a flat paint brush and start the application by loading color on the center lower lip and then pull out and perfect it at lip line from there."

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The secret to pulling off Taylor Swift's fierce smoky eye and bold lips? Keep the rest of your makeup sheer and focus on your skin. "Wear a tinted moisturizer and skip powder if you can," Lucero says. "Complexion needs to be a bit dewy and very touchable, so less is more."

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Although most women don't abide by the 100 strokes a day rule anymore (we hope!) some still follow the everyday wash rule. And we hate to break it to ya, but that "rule" is actually just a rumor. "Your best hair day is usually a day or two after washing," says Aussie celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa. "Our scalps produce oils and the more you wash your hair, the more oil your scalp produces. You won't see results right away, but after a few weeks of washing your hair less, you will notice that these natural oils will distribute more evenly."

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As our favorite Project Runway hosts like to say about some of the designers' work: "It's too matchy-matchy!" This rules applies to nails, too. Don't worry about matching your hands to your toes anymore, these days it's all about mix-matched hues and complementary shades. If you're rocking a gold polish on your hands like Selena Gomez, try a silver or other metallic on your toes.

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Redheads wearing red lipstick used to be a major makeup faux-pas, but alas, no more! Christina Hendricks leads the pack of redheaded beauties who rock the rouge lip trend. Celebrity makeup artist Jemma Kidd says to pull off the look, you shouldn't focus on hair color. "Hair Color is irrelevant when choosing the right shade of red--it's skin tone that counts," explains Kidd. "Pink tones are best suited to cooler 'blue reds,' while darker, Mediterranean, and Asian skins are better suited to 'orange reds.'"

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After the abundance of blue eyeshadow in the '80s (don't lie, you wore it too) women everywhere were too afraid to wear the cool color out of fear of looking dated. Lucero says otherwise. "Navy and indigo eyeliners are on trend and look really modern when applied as a sexy cat eye," Lucero says. "Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Indigo is easy to apply and will last all day. Plus, the indigo shade will make the whites of the eyes appear brighter, resulting in a fresh, beautiful and youthful look." Considering how bright Kerry Washington's peepers look, we'll take Luceo's word for it!

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Although this rule existed for good reason (too much jewelry and you'll start looking like Mr. T,) there is a way to pull it off. If you're wearing a knockout necklace like Emmy Rossum, keep your earrings proportionate in size. Although she's rocking super sparkly bling on her ears and dcolletage, the well-proportioned pieces keep the ensemble looking classy, not trashy.

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Grown-out roots are another trend that can turn out bad, if done incorrectly. Madonna's sleek blonde 'do and dark roots are the perfect of example of how to pull off the look without appearing sloppy. "A little bit of root gives great depth to color and is also becoming much more common with the ombr trend," Potempa says. "To get rid of the 'color line' between your roots and color, avoid getting solid colors and be sure to get a mix of tones in your hair so the roots blend with the overall color when it grows out."

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Depending on how drastic the color is, just because you decide to dye your hair, doesn't mean you have to dye your eyebrows too. When Emma Stone went back to (her natural) blonde, she kept her eyebrows a soft, honey brown, which looked amazing. If you feel the need to tweak your eyebrow color just a bit, try shading it in with a pencil or powder so you can avoid the maintenance of a regular brow dye.

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Even girls with tan skin want to have a glow! Lea Michele's bronzed cheeks look great on her olive skin, without looking fake. Kidd says to apply it in the hollow of the cheekbones and on the temples to add warmth and shape to the face. "You should never apply bronzer all over the face, as it will look like a mask: Use it to highlight features or add a subtle glow in key areas."

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Remember that pesky rule about keeping eyeliner on the tops of your lids, not underneath your eye, otherwise they'll appear smaller? Well, that is true. But, there is one way to get around it. "For the lower lash line, draw right on the edge of the rim--not on it, since that makes eyes look smaller," says Kidd. Also, try using a brown or taupe color to keep eyes looking soft and round like Nikki Reed.

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Wondering how Julianne Hough got her chiseled cheekbones? By contouring her blush instead of putting it on the apples. "I like to pump up the cheeks by adding brightness and color," Lucero says."If you are wearing a dramatic red lip, you can offset the cheeks by keeping the blush back above and behind the traditional apple area." Now, how about them apples?

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